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Legoland Hotel Opens Friday April 5

by The Editors on April 4, 2013

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On Friday, April 5, 2013 the Legoland Hotel will officially kick opens its doors to the public and Legoland California General Manager Peter Ronchetti and Hotel General Manager Frank Idris will join a cast of characters at a ceremony officially opening the Hotel.

The three-story, 250 room hotel immerses guests in a creative LEGO® world and every room is themed after one of three popular LEGO toy lines in the Park: pirate, adventure or kingdom. Children have their own sleeping area in every room complete with bunk beds, a trundle bed and their own TV. A spectacular entrance is guarded by a smoke-breathing LEGO dragon created out of 400,000 LEGO bricks. Each room has at least eight LEGO models and theming can be found on the walls, carpeting and bedding. There are more than 3,500 LEGO models throughout the Hotel using more than three million LEGO bricks. Interactive features include a Castle Play area, a talking and spraying dragon on the patio, LEGO play pits in the reception area and a treasure hunt inside the rooms where younger guests search for clues then open a locked safe to find LEGO treasure! Guests staying at LEGOLAND Hotel have exclusive early access to LEGOLAND California.

It would appear that Legoland’s plan to grab every single tourist dollar that comes to Carlsbadistan is nearly complete. For the official word from Legoland, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Legoland Florida Drops Season Pass Price

by The Editors on February 21, 2013

D4S Legoland021713 10292129 8ColResidents of Florida not have it much better than we do when it comes to buying a season pass at their local Florida Legoland, according to a story in the Tampa Bay Times.

Legoland Florida has dropped the price of annual pass by $30 for Florida residents. The ticket, which has no black-out dates, now sells for $99 from the previous $129, which is what out-of-staters still have to pay. . . The pass, found on the Winter Haven theme park’s website, legoland.com, includes admission to its new water park and free parking. There are also special events at the park for Halloween, Christmas and Fourth of July.

Meanwhile, here in Carlsbadistan a season pass still costs $129 and DOES NOT include parking nor the water park. Thanks, Merlin. Way to stick it to the California locals.

[Link: Tampa Bay Times]

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Legoland Too Expensive Everywhere

by The Editors on December 8, 2011

Legoland MyTurns out we’re not the only one’s who think Legoland prices are outrageously expensive. The Malaysian Tourists Guides Council says the entrance fees to Asia’s first ever Legoland Malaysia theme park in Johor Baru are, surprise, “Too high for locals,” according to a story on The Star.

He said Legoland Malaysia should have a two-tier ticket system to cater to both locals and foreigners. . . “Other places of interest, like the cable car ride in Langkawi or the Istana Muzium here, have implemented such a system,” he told The Star yesterday.

Yeah. What he said. It appears that when the park opens “at the end of 2012″ Legoland Malaysia’s prices will be almost worth considering for a Carlsbadistan family of four. At current exchange rates adults will pay about $44 a day visit the park, while here in Carlsbad it costs $72.

[Link: The Star]

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Carlsbad Woman Suing The TSA

by The Editors on December 13, 2010

Carlsbad’s Adrienne Durso is reportedly suing the TSA after she received a much too vigorous pat down at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sunport Airport, according to a story on KOB.com.

“Heavily concentrating on my breast area where I told her I had a mastectomy the year previous and in just seemed to go on and on,” said Durso. . . She says she felt humiliated as the extensive pat-down happened in front of her 17 year old son and hundreds of other travelers. . . “I felt as though I didn’t have any rights other than I had to stand there and let them do what they want to do to my body,” Durso continued.

The last straw was when a supervisor reportedly told Durso’s son that the reason he hadn’t gotten a similar pat down was because “you don’t have boobs.” We’re kind of hoping the TSA loses this one. The craziness must stop.

Click the link for the rest of the story.

[Link: KOB.com]

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Legoland Water Park Opens Friday

by The Editors on May 26, 2010

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Legoland California only presented their water park plans to the City of Carlsbad in September 2009 saying it would be open by summer and it appears that they’ve stayed right on track. Starting Friday, May 28, 2010 the world’s first Legoland Water Park will be open to the public from 10 AM to 5 PM each day (click here for full schedule).

Guests will explore eight areas of the 5.5 acre water wonderland including Orange Rush, a family tube slide where up to four people can ride together down a 312-foot long curving track on an 11-foot in diameter half pipe; Twin Chasers, two side-by-side enclosed red tube slides that stretch nearly 130 feet, Splash Out, an open body slide that invites guests to slide 240 feet and “splash out” into the water below; Joker Soaker, a fun interactive platform in the wade pool where kids can aim water cannons at each other as a LEGO jester model tells jokes and pours 350 gallons of water down upon them; a one-of-a-kind concept, Build-A-Raft River, where kids customize their own raft made of soft LEGO bricks before floating down a lazy river; Kid Creek, a lazy river built with younger kids in mind and DUPLO® Splash Safari, a water play area designed especially for toddlers with three small slides and interactive DUPLO creatures including an alligator, polar bear and an elephant.

But how much does it cost? Glad you asked. It’s only $77 for adults and $67 for kids 3 – 12. Huh? That’s right – the only way to visit the water park is to visit Legoland and pay extra for the slides. For locals with a season pass ($159 for adults, $129 for kids) it’s free. . . kinda.

[Link: Legoland Water Park]

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Visit Carlsbad’s 30 Second Spot

by The Editors on May 13, 2010

This 30-second TV spot from Visit Carlsbad is so lush and the colors so saturated that we hardly recognized our own Village. Funny how that works.

[Link: Visit Carlsbad]

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Sea Life Aquarium’s Dr. Seuss Party

by The Editors on May 11, 2010

R200 1Aaa Lego Sea Life.JpgOn June 5, 2010 Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day and the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Suess’ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish an entire day of activities according to a release posted on Zoo and Aquarium Visitor.

Young guests visiting SEA LIFE during the Dr. Seuss themed World Oceans Day celebration can take part in fun, hands-on, ocean-related activities throughout the day while interacting with SEA LIFE educators and learning more about our oceans and the creatures that call them home. The highlight of the days’ activities is a special dive show featuring an underwater reading of Dr. Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish! Sporting ‘Seussian attire’, the exploration diver will be using an underwater communications system allowing guests to speak to the diver through the viewing window while the diver reads aloud to them from inside the Aquarium.

If this is one of your favorite Suess books of all-time (like it is ours) be there June 5, 2010.

[Link: Sea Life Aquarium via Zoo and Aquarium Visitor]

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McClellan-Palomar To Close Every Other Week

by The Editors on May 11, 2010

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Carlsbadistan’s McClellan-Palomar Airport will be closed this week while workers repair 5,000 feed of runway, according to a story on 10News.com. It appears that some recent tests showed that “the existing runway could collapse” which is never good.

Renovations on the 5,000 foot runway began late Sunday night. The airport will be closed for one week to renovate 5,000 feet of runway at McClellan-Palomar airport. . . Officials said the project will be completed in five phases, which each phase taking one week, while the airport will reopen every other week to allow for normal operations.

That means the airport will be closed every other week for 10 weeks. Isn’t summer a really high traffic time for Carlsbadistan? Guess those who fly every other week are stoked.

[Link: McClellan-Palomar Airport via 10News.com]

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Carlsbad In The Wall Street Journal

by The Editors on February 11, 2010

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The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Levitz writes up Carlsbadistan and mentions all the hotspots and what to do, where to eat, and places to stay. She doesn’t do that bad a job of it either.

About 35 miles north of San Diego, Carlsbad can entertain both beach-lovers, and those who get bored with days of surf and sand. The first of March kicks off a Southern California spring tradition—the yearly bursting of bulbs on rolling hillside at the privately owned Flower Fields. . . Carlsbad Village is full of trendy boutiques, diners, and restaurants. Locals take their dogs and grab a seat outside at The Naked Cafe.

Click the link to read the rest.

[Link: Wall Street Journal via @carlsbadcagov]

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Carlsbad Visitors Center Gets New Sign

by The Editors on December 14, 2009

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Along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent re-branding Carlsbadistan as a destination for where tourists “go for fun” comes a new sign that we think looks great.

According to Sam Ross, executive director for the organization, “the sign is a fun way to introduce our new logo to the community and the tagline that goes along with it Carlsbad Where To Go For Fun is featured on our new license tag frames that are now on sale at the Visitor Center.”

The new frames are $5.99. Stop by the Historic Train Depot at 400 Carlsbad Village Drive to pic up your own.

[Link: Visit Carlsbad]

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